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Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

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Understanding the Spectrum of Sexualized Behaviors in Clinical Work

April 10, 2020

9am - 3pm

JRI's Corporate Office, 160 Gould Street Suite 111, Needham, MA

This training is intended for clinicians. If you are concerned about the sexualized behaviors a client is exhibiting it can be difficult to know the right level of intervention with which to respond. The Spectrum of Sexuality training provides a framework from which to consider a client’s sexual behaviors taking into account the following:

• normative and developmentally appropriate sexual behaviors across ages

• developmental risk factors

• trauma history

• the client’s personal knowledge around sexuality.

Discussing sexualized behaviors can be uncomfortable for some, however with some guidance around how to frame the discussion, participants can improve their ability to address an important treatment area. Participants will be asked to consider how their own ideas around sex, relationships and intimacy may affect their interpretation of client’s behaviors. They will also learn how to talk with clients about healthy and consensual sexual behaviors.